Cadet Company: F2
Date of Birth: July 5, 1942
Date of Death: October 9, 2013 - View or Post a Eulogy
Col. (Ret. Infantry, US Army) James E. Bigelow II
James Edward Bigelow II passed away peacefully on October 9th, 2013 at the Maine Veteran’s Home in Scarborough, Maine after a long battle with diabetic complications.
Jim was born on July 5, 1942 in Bellows Falls, Vermont the son of James and Anita Bigelow. Jim graduated class president of Bellows Falls High School in 1960 and graduated a proud member of the Class of 1964 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also earned a Masters Degree in Government from Western Kentucky University in 1969.
Jim married his wife of 48 years, Jeanne Marie (Sullivan) of Salem, NH, on October 16, 1965. A career Army officer, Jim served two tours in Vietnam from 1966-67 and 1970-71 and earned two Bronze Stars for Meritorious Service. After Vietnam, he served his country in various duty stations both nationally and internationally. He was the Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment in Fort Hood, Texas. He graduated and taught at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His final assignment was as the Commander of Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn, New York.
Jim retired from the Army as a Colonel in 1990 after almost 30 years of service. He lived in Cape Elizabeth, Maine then worked with Ross Perot as Director of Operations for “United, We Stand” for the states of New York and Vermont. He was active as both a chaperone and advisor for teens in his wife Jeanne’s State-wide Catholic Youth Ministry.
Jim and Jeanne “settled” in their lake home in Naples, Maine in 2001. Jim worked for the state of Maine as a Veterans Service Officer for 10 years, retiring together with Jeanne in 2008.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching his favorite team - the New York Yankees, and exploring Maine’s cuisine. He also loved their new 2nd home in Florida. He was an excellent speaker and active in Toastmasters, specializing in speaking at Veterans events. He served as a member of Naples’ Causeway Restoration committee and on the Board of Directors for his condo community.
Jim may be best known for his pleasure
in challenging others to grow and thrive by recognizing their own gifts and
challenging them to exceed their expectations and strive to excel.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, James and Anita Bigelow and his sister Mary Ellen Bigelow. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Bigelow; his children, Benjamin (wife Jules), Nathaniel (wife Melissa), and Mary; his grandchildren, Christina Courtright, Jonathan Doering, Colby Tremblay, Jesse James Bigelow and Blake Bigelow and his brother Jerry.
A viewing will be held at Chandlers Funeral Home in Bridgton, ME on Oct 18th from 6-8 pm. A funeral will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bridgton, ME on Oct 19th at 11am and he will be buried at West Point, NY on Oct 21st at 1:30 pm. All who wish to attend are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Maine Veterans Home “Activities Fund” 290 US Rte 1, Scarborough, Maine (or your favorite charity).